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Meiosis

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Summary

Meiosis produces haploid cells from diploid cells. Meiosis is a peculiar type of cellular division in which diploid germ line cells give rise to haploid reproductive cells or gametes. Meiosis plays a key role in generating tremendous genetic diversity.

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Learning goals

  • To observe the main features of the meiotic division.
  • To understand how meiosis generates haploid cells from diploid cells.
  • To understand how and why meiosis plays a key role in generating genetic diversity.

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Meiosis consists of two divisions called meiosis I and meiosis II. Both divisions are traditionally divided into four stages: prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase. Meiosis I is thus divided…

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